Abstract

The regional distribution patterns for 20 critical metals derived by an areal-pattern recognition technique leads me to conclude that metals are regularly distributed preferentially in the accreted and cratonic terranes studied in and surrounding the state of Oregon in the northwestern United States. The distribution patterns along distinctively different zones differ in these contrasting crusts across a concealed boundary that is established by strontium isotope data. Copper and gold appear to be abundant in both terranes; nickel, cobalt, chromium, and the platinum-group metals predominate in accreted terranes; lead, zinc, tin, and tungsten are concentrated locally along the boundary zone along the edge and in the interior of the cratonic terrane. The association of metals with accreted terranes and with restricted areas or lineaments in the craton further supports the metallogenetic hypothesis that metal materials are derived mainly from underlying ensialic and ensimatic crusts, and anticipates the possibility for remobilization of these materials along the same broad linear zones over geologic time.

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